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Whitehill Oil Works (Lanarkshire)

Former parish and county:
Parish of New Monkland, Lanarkshire
Local authority:
North Lanarkshire
Built c. 1866
Presumably dismantled c.1876
Current status of site:
Possible site now housing and woodland
Regional overview:


Not listed by Redwood.

Listed in Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Scotland for 1878 under Oil Manufacturers in the Airdrie area as "Dickson, Robert, (shale oil), Whitehill."

The precise location of the works is uncertain, but presumably located at Whitehill Colliery, and most likely served by a siding from the Thushbush Incline.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1864, centred the on Whitehills area.

  • Rateable value by year
    • Date Rateable Value Owner Occupier Notes
      1866 £48 William Wilson William Wilson
      1867 £80 William Wilson William Wilson Minerals
      1868 £80 William Wilson William Wilson Not working
      1869 £80 Robert Wilson Robert Wilson
      1870 £77 William Fraser George Cunningham
      1871 £60 Clippens Shale Oil Company Clippens Shale Oil Company
      1872 £60 Robert Readman Robert Dickson
      1873 £80 Robert Readman Robert Dickson
      1874-75 £80 Robert Readman Robert Dickson
      1876 £54 William Forsyth William Forsyth Empty
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    • ON MONDAY, 21st OCTOBER, AT WHITEHILL COLLIERIES, ROCHSOLES, BY AIRDRIE. HUTCHISON & DIXON will SELL as above, commencing at Half-past 1 o'clock at Pit next Oil Works. The PLANT includes Horizontal Steam Engine, 11 inch cylinder; a Beam Engine, 18 inch cylinder; 2 Steam Boilers, about 580 Yards Permanent Rails, 75 yards Service Rails, 200 Yards Tram Rails, 23 Fathoms 8-inch Pump Pipes, Cart Weighing Machine, Pithead Frames, Pullys, Bell-Cranks, Coal Screens, Stages, Engine Houses, Offices and Smithies, Bricks of Stalks and Buildings, Slates, Pit Cages, Sleepers, quantity of "Maggie" for Oil Distillation, &c. Particulars in Catalogues, now to be had at 7 West Nile Street, Glasgow, on application to the Auctioneers.

      Scotsman, 16th October 1872